Iron County Hunting
Hunt Whitetail Deer, Black Bear, Wild Game
Sportsmen are drawn to Iron County for its superb hunting found in prime forestland and on the many waterways dotting the county. Hunters have opportunities to harvest a trophy white-tailed deer and daily bag limits of grouse, woodcock and waterfowl. With more than 425,000 acres of public land open to hunters, and vast miles of roads and hunting trails offering easy access to prime locations.
Whitetail Deer Facts:
Whitetail Deer begin their season with a reddish brown color in the spring and summer. Eventually they turn grey-brown throughout the fall of & winter.
Whitetail Deer males weigh from 130 to 220 pounds, but some have been known to be over 300 pounds.
Iron County Bird & Fowl Hunting
Woodcock, ruffed grouse, partridge, and a variety of duck species can all be found throughout the Iron County Area. With over 42,000 acres of lakes, area ducks and geese thrive. Dubbed one of the best ruffed grouse hunting areas by the Ruffed Grouse Society, the opportunities are endless within all of our forests. One of the major contributors to the area’s success is the fact that half of our forests are full of aspen – the perfect habitat for grouse and woodcock.
Wild Turkey Hunting In Iron County Michigan
A wild turkey is an exciting bird to hunt. For a long time, turkey experts said that wild turkeys could never survive a winter in the north. In spite of the experts, in 1994 Wildlife Unlimited launched a project to introduce the wild turkey into Iron County. The project was so successful with an estimated population of 3,000 birds and spring & fall hunt seasons!
Don’t miss the chance to hunt wild turkey
LANSING—Missed the ap- plication period for a spring turkey license? Opportunities for licenses are still available. New this year, spring turkey hunters may purchase a Hunt 234 license, a statewide hunting license valid for all open areas except public lands in Unit ZZ (southern Lower Peninsula and Beaver Island). Hunters can purchase a Hunt 234 license through May 31. Turkey hunters may also purchase a leftover license for areas where licenses are still available. For a list of available licenses, go to www.michigan.gov/huntdrawings. Licenses will be sold until quotas are met. “Michigan has been ranked top ten in the nation for turkey harvest on an annual basis by the National Wild Turkey Federation,” said Al Stewart, DNR upland game bird spe-cialist. “The DNR’s goal for the spring turkey season is to maximize hunting opportuni-ties and maintain satisfactory hunting experiences. Over the years, Michigan hunters have consistently exceeded turkey hunter satisfaction goals.” New this year, all hunters will need to purchase a base license, which includes a small game license. Base licenses are $11 for residents, $6 for youth and $5 for seniors. After purchasing a base license, Michigan residents can purchase a spring turkey license for $15, while seniors can pur-chase a spring turkey license for $6. To purchase a license, go to www.mdnr-elicense.com or visit any license agent. It is unlawful to obtain or purchase more than one spring turkey hunting license. Those hunting private land should receive permission to hunt before purchasing a private-land-only license. Youth hunters 9 years old and younger can participate in the spring turkey season through the Mentored Youth Hunting Program. The men-tored youth hunting license is $7.50 and entitles the youth hunter to hunt turkey during the spring and fall seasons in any open hunt period or location, on either private or public land. This license gives mentored youth opportunities for small game, deer (one tag, any deer), furbearer and ﬁsh (all species) during the appropriate seasons. Please go to www.michigan.gov/mentoredhunting for men-tor requirements and informa-tion. For more information about spring turkey hunting, visit www.michigan.gov/turkey
Black Bear Hunting
The black bear population in Iron County is healthy and especially near Amasa, Michigan. Approximately 15,000 – 19,000 black bears (including cubs) roam the hardwood and conifer forests of northern Michigan. About 90 percent of the bear live in the Upper Peninsula MI, while the remaining ten percent are mainly found in the northern Lower Peninsula.
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Brule Sporting Clays
What is Sporting Clays? Think of it as ‘golf with a shotgun’. Sporting clays is a shotgun shooting game in which clay pigeons are presented to the gunner in ways that mirror the flight patterns of game birds or occasionally rabbits, in their natural habitats. A course consists of several stations which creates entirely new shooting presentations at each station. With variations in trap position, trap speed, shooting position, and flight paths of different types of target size, targets can come from trees, straight down, over your head, quartering … truly any path a real bird may choose. It’s a great way to prepare for bird season. Brule Sporting Clays is located at Ski Brule resort www.skibrule.com.
Iron County is one of the top destinations for hunters seeking ruffed grouse and woodcocks. The DNRE attributes the high population to the large amount of aspen found in Iron County, and aspen is a favorite habitat for grouse and woodcock. The season goes from mid-September through mid-November. State woodcock hunters should also see bird numbers similar to 2011, Stewart said. According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services Harvest Information Program survey you take when purchasing a small-game license), Michigan was the top state in the nation for woodcock harvest, with 28,000 hunters killing 107,000 woodcock in 2011.
Iron County MI Hunting leaves endless possibility sport year-round. With hundreds of thousands of acres of public hunting land and over forty thousand acres of lakes, Iron County Michigan makes a good home for animals small and large.